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Saturday, September 23, 2017

TV Shows and Movies for the Age of Trump, vol 1

Over the course of the last half year that feels like a decade of Trump, there have been many tv shows that have helped to soften the blow by either highlighting the move to fascism that we are seeing in the country or, even better, making fun of it, because the fact remains (regardless of what you feel about sucking up to abusers in a futile assumption of changing them) the ONLY thing that  serves to BOTH bring yourself comfort AND make yourself an undesirable target of abuse is the PUBLICALLY expose and laugh at your attackers.  They desire to feel GOOD by making you fear or cower, and, if you can make them feel tiny and useless, they will move on to a better target of abuse.  Again, regardless of how you feel about it, that IS an effective means of defense of them.

Ok.  on to the media guide.

PAST things from the last year that I would recommend (in no order other than the first thought in my wine relaxed brain (ha))...

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix) - a woman gets freed from having lived in the bunker of a "reverend" who kidnapped 4 women and told them the world ended and so they had to live with him.  Once freed, her adventures in modern society are the FUNNIEST show I have watched on tv to date.

Saturday Night Live (SNL on NBC and HULU) - they were already funny, but they took it all to a whole new level, after the election.  So, I would recommend going back to watch the whole last season on Hulu, and the new season starts Saturday, September 30th on Saturday Nights on NBC.  WAY funny.

The Man in High Castle (Amazon Prime Video) - The show based on the bestselling book takes place in the alternative world view, if Hitler and Japan had won the second World War and America was a fascist state.  The similarities with our own world and the direction our world is going is great drama and EXACTLY what needs to be seen to avoid.   Season 3 is set to debut late 2017,

The Handmaid's Tale (Hulu) - Another best selling book made into a series, this story tells of a society where the ultra conservative control society and in an infertile society have kidnapped women that could get pregnant to make them have sex with the cult leader's males to bear them children, all while the LITERALLY quote a bible passage where Jacob did the SAME THING with his wives' servents in the birthing of the tribes of Israel.  The next season is due on Hulu in 2018.

Colony (USA Network) the past season is on Sling's archive for the channel, and I think it is on Netflix, but if nothing else it is on Amazon Video for pay.  It is a series where the show opens with a society living behind a wall and watched by drones of aliens and human guards.  It is great for showing the effects of a society living in fear and of the rise of a resistance.  Season 3 begins in 2018.

American Horror Story (FX) - the current season of AHS is set in our current society, post election, where people are living in fear of what the GOP will do next (and many tweets the first episode night said "this is way too real"), but what the REAL story of the season is is NOT the election but it is the POWER we give to whatever we fear to control us.  The more we fear it, the more it can dictate our actions to it.

True Blood (Amazon) - I just started watching this with my wife, as it is free on Amazon Prime, now.  The storyline of the blatant racism against vampires is VERY relative to our current society racism being not only supported by the President but PREACHED from his Podium against muslims, gays, women, and more.

Movies from the past that are very relevant:

Demolition Man - a movie where Stallone wakes up after decades to find society under the control of a fascist moral police.  It is hilarious, and I love the speech made by actor Denis Leary..

"See, according to Cocteau's plan, I'm the enemy. Cause I like to think, I like to read. I'm into freedom of speech and freedom of choice. I'm the kind if guy who wants to sit in a greasy spoon and think, "Gee, should I have the T-bone steak or the jumbo rack of barbecued ribs with the side order of gravy fries?" I want high cholesterol. I want to eat bacon, butter and buckets of cheese, okay? I want to smoke a Cuban cigar the size of Cincinnati in a non-smoking section. I wanna run through the streets naked with green Jello all over my body reading Playboy magazine. Why? Because I suddenly might feel the need to. Okay, pal?"

Captain America and sequels - These movies about a shadow world government that plants people in positions in world governments to gain fascist control over the world.  As we see a dictatorial Trump aligned with Putin and other strong dictators in the world, while pulling back from democratic allies, one can only wonder how soon we will be saying, "Hail Hydra"..

Money Monster - This movie is about a guy that lost everything in a financial crash taking a financial news network hostage.  He challenges them to ask the companies that lost their money to tell them WHERE their money went?  It is a valid question that even this accounting trained blogger cannot answer, fully.  However, what we DO know is that many people got RICH off the financial crash, while others lost their whole lives (as evidenced in this film).  These rich people that profited off that crash funded Trump getting elected and...guess what?  He has already removed investor protections from that crash in his administration, so they can do it all over again.

That's enough for this month.  Check back next month, and I will have a new list with upcoming movies and shows in that time to make sure not to miss..there are several coming end of the year.

Fascist Alert - Trump Dictates Sports Player Roster

Remember when Obama said, as President, who should and shouldn't be ALLOWED to be a sports player?  Or, a reporter?  No?  Yeah, you're right.  That kind of overstep by a PRESIDENT to tell a PRIVATE and NON GOVERNMENT industry how they should operate would be FASCIST..right?

And, yet, today, the fascist GOP news of the day is that our Benevolent Dictator declared this about a player in NFL..

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” - Guardian

Yup..in the span of one week, the Trump White House has said a BLACK reporter that criticized him should be fired and a black NFL player should be fired (doing wonders for that criticism that he is a white supremacist), both from NON GOVERNMENT and non TRUMP organization companies, because...well, why DOES he think he has that authority?

And, I will stop right there and let you TRY to find me ONE reason that justifies this response, short of him being a FASCIST dictator that feels dictatorial power over ALL industries in the country.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

To Thine Own Self Be True

"This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man."
-Shakespeare, Hamlet

 I hereby give all my readers and followers permission to go on my social media and remind me of this, should I ever go after a "professional job" again, instead of doing what I like.  But, at least I reminded myself of it the last week and quit my job, today, to resume doing Uber driving, tomorrow.

I, actually, blogged against this months ago and should have listened to myself, back then.  I did have the decency of leaving those posts on my blog, because I still believed in them, even as I betrayed the principles by taking this VA Voucher Examiner job in July.  But, hey...at least it got me out of Oklahoma and in a bigger market and better city.

I am not saying that the VA is bad (though it has serious flaws structurally) or that voucher examiner jobs are bad.  Some may think they are the cat's meow (probably not to someone that would SAY "cat's meow" I bet).  What I am saying is that it is not ME, as was the case with accounting.

It all began with my father, a long time ago, that told me that I needed to go to college and get a professional job.  He warned me not to stop, either...saying that if I ever stopped I would not return to finish a degree and a degree was a path to a "better life."  I don't blame him, specifically, for that lie, as it is one that generations believed.  College doesn't mean a better life, or even more money, as anyone with a college student loan debt can tell you, when they figure out how much they are REALLY making per hour accounting for the student loan debt they are paying off.  All it means is that you are sufficiently trained to be OWNED by leaders  (who themselves are owned) and blamed by them for anything that goes wrong.

But, THEY are not the ones living your life...YOU are.  They won't be considering (or even caring) what makes you happy or your family time or your family economics.  They only care about one thing...you doing for them what they want at the cheapest method possible, so that they get more money to themselves.  That's what rich people do to be rich.  However, is it worth sacrificing yourself to please them?

This is one of many principles that echo in many of my blog posts.  You have to think about yourself.  While that is SELF-ish by definition, it is not greedy.  Instead, it is allowing you to GIVE the world your true self in a way that you were designed (by evolution or creation, your pick) and how you would best enjoy giving yourself to the world.  Those that truly care for you will be happy in that you are happy.  Those that dictate what you should do don't care for you but what they expect you to give to them, which...in fact...is true greed.  I am blessed with a wife and kids that want me to be happy and greeted my news of changing jobs with joy in the fact that it will make me happier, and THAT is what real family is like.

So, don't listen to those that are using you or judging you or couldn't care less ABOUT you.  To thine own self be true, whether it be what job you will have, what clothes you will wear, who you will love, how you will love, what convictions you hold, what you would say, or anything else.  The reason it is called self respect is that you don't have to check with anyone else to have it.  BE YOU, and THAT will be a true MIRACLE of nature to a world in need of originality and heart.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Don't Miss This Trump Tweet ... Huge Fascism Alert

That was my reaction, in the screenshot, to Trump's tweet, last night.  I included it in the screenshot so you can see it.

I know in the Trump Presidency that every day feels like a month, as we try to keep up with all the foundational changes he is making to the whole government, and we can't possibly keep up with or focus on all of them... It's emotionally exhausting.  There are always 5 things he and the GOP are doing at once.   Indeed, at this moment, they are hard at work trying to remove poor people's health insurance as we speak.

However, this text by Trump sets off HUGE alarm bells, and I can't emphasize enough how important it is to read.  It reminds me of a quote from an episode of Handmaid's Tale (just won big at the Emmy's) that I saw, last week, where the main character lamented how they got to their situation by doing nothing as the government blamed terrorism and suspended the Constitution.

And so, we come to the above text that Trump not only tweeted but RETWEETED, showing he really means it, where he says that the internet is a recruitment tool of the terrorists and as such, must be "cut off" ... I am serious, and you can see the words yourself, even though it is straight out of what you would hear (and have heard historically) from fascist dictators, as they banned free speech to protect their rule and eliminate criticism.

I predicted this in December, last year, when I blogged that if Trump was going to "make America great" he would have to have dictatorial power to do it, over all freedoms, and if he was going to eliminate freedoms, he would, like all dictators, have to eliminate free speech... Which is why the framers of the government put that guarentee as the FIRST to protect.

I don't know what form that "cut off" of the internet will take place, but it makes sense why he eliminated Net Neutrality, now, as that would have prevented that control over what you can see.

Regardless, we need to wake up, before we wake up in the GOP's new Nazi fatherland with no freedoms left to speak out.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Classism in America

As I get older, I keep seeing things in new ways, now that ... as with pretty much everyone that hits the 40s.. I started thinking for myself.  Things that I grew up just feeling was normal, I look at with new eyes and say...WTF...how did I think that was ok, simply because someone told me it was "good" and "american" (often NOT historically American, in fact).  Classism is one of those things.

I don't fully blame those with money.  They were raised in the system, and "that's just the way it is" as they would say.  Yes, but SHOULD it be that way?  They don't question the system, because it FAVORS them.  So, it is easy for White Supremacists to say things should favor the whites that grew up with society advantages such as where they live, what schools they could go to, who they know, etc.  It is easy for America First fascists to say jobs and industry should go to them, since they ARE them.  And, it is easy for the rich to say that one should be allowed to heap up wealth, BECAUSE THEY ARE THE ONE WITH THE HEAP.

Let me ask you, isn't there something morally wrong with someone that heaps up wealth they can never use, while everyone around them is literally DYING in poverty and disease?  I mean...seriously...even though the Religious Right Evangelical preachers say the same thing to protect THEIR wealth from being taxed to help the poor...can anyone justify that as a VIRTUE?

Let's consider some real life analogies of this concept.  Let's say that they are having a pizza party in my kid's school classroom.  The rule is...take one piece of pizza, so there is enough for everyone.  Then, a selfish bully comes in and take 5, which means some will not have any at all.  Is that fair?  What should he do...give some back to the others of course.

Or, as my wife pointed out  to me, what if there is a child that is disabled and maybe can't get to the table as fast as the others.  Should he/she go without, or should someone ensure they get a piece, even if they can't...WORK for it...for example.

My whole life I was brought up being told from even my CHURCH that socialism was bad and capitalism is good and Godly, but looking at the FACTS of the rich keeping money from the poor that starve and die, I am starring to think otherwise.  EVERYONE has a RIGHT to LIFE, even if the Republicans want to deny that to all but the wealthy, and I think it is time we did something about that.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Don't Give Conservatives Fruit of Trees They Condemn

One of many things that wells up in me from time to time is anger at seeing Conservatives condemning a race or a region and then expected them to still provide to them.  To be very blatant, it is like how that masculine party demeans women but then wants those women to put out for their own pleasure.  Well, on both situations, it is time we tell them to go f*** themselves.

I mean, seriously.... Trump married a foreign woman but wants to block immigration.  Indeed, as it turns out, it looks like Melania was in violation of her visa WHEN SHE MET Donald Trump.  But, hey....it's not like Trump ever turned his back on international money that HE makes off foreign companies IN the cultures he condemns.

But, it's not just trump and it's not just immigrants.  That is the tiny tip of a HUGE iceburg.  Conservatives LOVE to blame and attack liberal states, like California and New York.  They love to attack the arts and media.  They love to condemn homosexuals.  The list goes on and on.

Well, it is time we started saying enough is enough.  Like the woman that gets fed up and stops putting out till she gets respect, it is time that we liberals follow suit.  If conservatives don't like California, let them do without wine.  If they don't like Hollywood, stop sending them movies to watch.  If they don't like the arts, then they better not follow Pence's example and turn up at BROADWAY to see a show, or we should show them the door.  If they don't like homosexuals, let them cut their own hair or do their own design and not listen to musicians that may not swing their way.  Further, how dare they condemn immigrants, right before they settle into MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL or watch BASEBALL with barely a non immigrant or non minority on the WHOLE TEAM.

It is time we stopped letting those A-holes condemn the tree but then eat the fruit.  Let them enjoy ONLY what is made in their states for a while, and I bet they will change their tunes, pretty dang fast.

Friday, September 15, 2017

The Frog Pot of Fascism

I forget who told me about the secret to cooking a frog, a long time ago.  However, it went like this.  You don't raise the temperature of the water fast to boil, because the frog would just jump out.  You raise it slowly, and the frog will just sit in it till it has cooked to death.

I recalled that story, when I was considering ...not the stories of this week...the REACTION of the public to the stories of this week.

1 - First off, we will lead off with the story that was all over the twitter-sphere a few days ago.  It was the White House media representative saying that the administration believes that an ESPN reporter should be fired, because she called Trump a racist.  While the nation was busy discussing whether Trump was a racist and the damning fact that a black reporter was facing threats by white rich guys (kinda confirming the charge), I was more interested in a fact that seemed completely missed by the press and social media....since when was it the PRESIDENT'S role and authority to tell a private business how to operate...and, further, to tell them to fire someone for FREE SPEECH.

2 - Next up, let's talk about Trump's supposed defection to the DEMOCRATS for a few bills.  Yup, the news was all ablaze with pundits that were declaring that Trump was REALLY a DEMOCRAT all along.  That's right.  I heard the news declaring this, as I took a work break.

I figured it was just the GOP wanting to distance themselves from a radioactive President, as Mueller closed his wagons around Trump (and I still believe that would happen).  However, it wasn't till I got home that I heard WHY the GOP was saying that about Trump.

So the story goes (don't believe it as it is just a ploy by Trump), Trump got tired of the GOP not getting things done, so he called up Chuck and Nancy and called them to the White House, where he told them that he was willing to give up a PHYSICAL wall border, was willing to keep dreamers in the country, and he was even willing to increase the taxes on the rich for his programs' cost.

Now...while that is so bizare that it would distract you, don't lose sight of what happened NEXT and reported much quieter.  Behind the scenes, conservatives turned on Trump in a blink of an eye and was vocally attacking him, even former GOP President candidate Mike Huckabee (whose daughter is that White House media representative and who has a Christian tv network show coming on in less than a month from now) was engaging in a mocking series of Tweets of Trump.

Now, it would be tempting to say....WELCOME TO THE PARTY...to the GOP that suddenly hates Trump and thanks for GIVING him to us.  However, pay attention to WHY they are attacking him.  Huckabee and others were attacking him for not doing ENOUGH to eliminate health care coverage, block the borders, and etc.

Get it?  So, as I have been saying...this was NEVER the party willingly following the man that happened to get elected.  They weren't uncomfortable allies that backed trump despite his attacks on the poor, needy, and neglected and blatant sins.  If that were the case, they would have welcomed his change of heart.  No.  This sudden turn on him illustrates that it has NEVER been Trump leading the GOP to fascism but a FASCIST GOP that supported him as long as he was giving them fascist control over the lives of everyone else in the country borders.  The moment that he backed off his extremist stance to moderate, he was the ENEMY, showing very clearly the FATWAH of the Christian extremist cultists that are growing, with or without Donald Trump.

So, keep an eye out, as this movement grows.  It seems unfathomable that we could be seeing a conspiracy to take over power of the government.  Those are things that we have only read about in history books and on tv shows like The Man in High Castle (can't wait for the next season this fall).

We might be faced with the uncomfortable choice that Germany made after WWII of making their Nazi groups illegal in the future.  One would hope it doesn't come to that, but this frog pot of just the last year should illustrate VERY CLEARLY how easy it is for a country to go from disgruntled to a HITLER.  May God help us avoid such a fate.

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